How Do You Sharpen a Straight Razor?

How Do You Sharpen a Straight Razor?

Although there are several ways of sharpening a straight razor, one simple way involves stroking the blade on a stone. The required materials are a coarse ceramic stone, a flat surface and a straight razor. The process takes just a few minutes.

  1. Lay the blade flat on the ceramic stone

    Lay the ceramic stone on a flat surface with its coarser side up. Lay the razor flat on the stone so that both its spine and edge touch the stone. The entire blade should rest on the stone so you can sharpen its entire edge evenly.

  2. Stroke the blade across the stone

    Hold the razor by its shank, and sweep it sideways, with the edge leading the stroke. Apply moderate pressure while sweeping the blade across the stone.

  3. Stroke the other side of the blade

    Turn the blade so that its other edge now rests on the stone. Again, apply moderate pressure and stroke the blade across the stone. Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times until the blade feels sufficiently sharp.